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Keep It Together!: Cosmic Boogie with the Deviants and the Pink Fairies Paperback – 2 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HEADPRESS (2 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190048661X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900486613
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Anthony Farren, founder member of the Social Deviants and the Pink Fairies All Star Rock' n' Roll Motorcycle Club was born on September 3, 1943, in Cheltenham, a sleepy Spa town in the Cotswolds with a reputation for being the preserve of retired colonels. Read the first page
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About time too.The Pink Fairies led the way for the Punk era, and proved better at it than many.
Free gigs in anybody's basement, and plenty of female company too.What more could be asked for.Pleasure being there.Good Luck with the book
from your former Postman in Bassett Road W10
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10/10 to Richard Deakin who has taken the - even to diehard Fairies fans - unenviable task of compiling a biog of Mick Farren, the (Social) Deviants, Pink Fairies plus associated collaborations, early, late, one-off and long-term, the break-ups the re-formings. How he got through so many interviews and how the subjects remember anything at all, given their oblivions, let alone so much really is a wonder. Invaluable for any Fairies fans, the books contains loads I'd not known before, incl details to satisfy the most pedantic fan. The book is strongly recommended and accompanying 6 track CD features some fine live perfomances. Buy and enjoy - and by the end you feel you know the main players a lot better.
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The City Kids / Deviants with a cast of thousands. Lives and crimes finally put to print whooooowhooo... at bleeding last! I suppose Farren couldn't really do it being a Fairy himself "no pun intended", so it needed a man of good standing, not an insider nor a music hack but a fan yes a fan in the form of one RICH DEAKIN and what fitter tribute could be embellished onto (the underground crusaders from Ladbroke grove popular peoples freedom front) or as a python sketch may have said "wot did the hippies ever do for us!!? Well pigs from Uranus this bunch of sweeties did quite a lot. I got into the fairies at the tender age of fifteen 1975 (see my biog, PEOPLE CALL YA CRAZY WHEN YA TALK LIKE THAT) yep cheap arse book plug ...but hey Rich plugged his on my review. Anyway as you probably know the Fairies broke up and got back together more times than a Nick Cotton meets the Dingalls in a street fighting pig punching brawl in Eastenders and never got round to recording as much material as we the fans would have enjoyed but hey ho that's life. But I still shiver at Larry Wallace's metallic guitar riffs Paul Rudolf's long long feedback solo's that you just cant get away with these days "mores the pity being a bit of an old plucker myself" and Sandy's sturdy bass keeping the sometimes chaotic live set in order, not to mention the drummers Twink unt Russell Hunter. There's an introduction by Mick Farren,and if you look around theres a spoken word format available.Read more ›
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Contrary to the info above, this fabulous tome actually has 304 pages, so don't hold back on clicking to buy a copy, as it's well worth its weight. Suffice to say if you are a Pink Fairies and / or Deviants fan and are here reading this, then you need to click to buy; because there ain't never gonna be a better companion to those two band's music than this.
Rich Deakin has carried out a painstakingly exacting, albeit enjoyable job here in interviewing the various member's of these bands, and to draw some sort of logic and perfection out of the encumbered and highly complex (stoned) lives they lived, worked and gigged in is no mean feat. And it takes a certain kind of investigative nature to even tackle, let alone sort it out and write it down with some degree of chronology; but this guy has pulled it off admirably. A darned excellent read, never tiresome, very page-turning and, oh, blimey, just buy a copy and you'll see what I mean! You won't regret it!
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What a great long overdue book about the Mighty Pinks! - Sadly missed for all the good times they brought to us ... If only etc.
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Hats off to Mr Deakin, for it was this brave fellow who descended into the soft white underbelly of Ladbroke Grove to pull apart the true story of the The Pink Finks. Lets face it if you are even reading this review you know what I am talking about. If you are like me and the limited canon of four PF studio albums have peppered your teenage to adult years with a soundtrack of drugged abandon & mescaline fueled dreams then you will find yourself gripped to this tome as I have for the last four days. The author has done an excellent job, an unpretentious but informative writing style is engaging & rewarding to the reader, my only quibble is that it barely wets my appetite for more detail (particularly in the Wallis-Kings Of Oblivion period) & I would have hoped for more pictures. That aside its a book that had to be written of a story long over due in being told and Deakin deserves a medal for his attention to detail, thank you sir!! I have been a resident of Northern California for many years and it took me back to my youth seeing the Fairies live several times during the crazy summer months of '87, it also is a book that echoes the poignant social history of London in the late sixties & early seventies...it made me home sick!

Cruisin at speed...we got more than we will ever need ...Oh aint life sweet!
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